iPhone trick: Crop photos more easily (to screen size) from iOS 17

Editing photos on the iPhone has been possible extensively since several iOS versions. Nevertheless, with every new version of the mobile operating system there are always a few additions that are intended to make photo editing easier. With iOS 17 For example, after zooming in, you have the option of saving the image section displayed as a new crop of the photo. Here you will find the new function explained in detail.

From iOS 17 onwards, you can crop individual photos to the display size even more easily on the iPhone. Several steps that were previously necessary are no longer necessary if you use the new approach.
From iOS 17 onwards, you can crop individual photos to the display size even more easily on the iPhone. Several steps that were previously necessary are no longer necessary if you use the new approach.

Crop photos to use them as background images, for example

If a photo fills the display, it can be ideally used as a background image or as a contact poster. The latter is a kind of business card that you have over AirDrop can be exchanged via iPhone and Apple Watch. The contact poster also serves to display information for incoming calls. The calling contact can use this to set a photo, the display of their own name and, if necessary, other details as information that fills the screen.

But if you want to use a landscape format photo or just use a section of a portrait format photo, then from iOS 17 you can simply use the Photos app to zoom in and then use the crop button. You can then make further adjustments and save the resulting image. Of course, the individual steps were already possible in a slightly different way before, but now the whole thing is shortened and simplified.

Step by step: Instructions for the new cropping feature in the Photos app

If you can't imagine much from the above, then grab your iPhone and go through the following step-by-step instructions with me. This is probably the best way to understand what the innovation consists of.

  1. Opens the Photos App on your Apple iPhone
  2. Select a photo you want to crop
  3. Zoom through that Separating two fingers on the display
  4. If the display limits the photo to your liking, tap it at the top right Crop icon an
  5. Now you can edit the image further and click on it at the top right Check mark icon to save
Here I zoomed in on an autumnal shot and quickly cropped it using the new feature. So the photo can e.g. B. be prepared for use as a background image.
Here I zoomed in on an autumnal shot and quickly cropped it using the new feature. So the photo can e.g. B. be prepared for use as a background image.

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3 comments on “iPhone trick: crop photos more easily (to screen size) from iOS 17”

  1. With this new function it is also possible to correct photos that have been taken “rotated”, unfortunately only with a little trick: if you are in edit mode by pinching the photo, you can rotate the photo quarter by quarter using the icon at the top left. Unfortunately, the photo is already cropped. With another tap on the yellow cross in the top middle, the cropping can be undone and the photo is just rotated.
    Inconvenient, yes, but using the normal edit function it's at least as inconvenient ;-)

    1. Hello Tinbert,

      That's correct. Basically, all “edit” options are also possible via the crop route. Personally, I would only select it this way if I want to edit the cropped image. Otherwise, I would take the additional steps using the edit button to avoid having to undo the cropping :D Choosing which way to go probably depends on which functions you use the most and what you are used to.

      Best regards
      John

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